President Jakaya Kikwete has received accolades on behalf of Tanzania for its role in decolonisation, peace keeping, hosting refugees and swift measures to strengthen good governance in the country.
The accolades came from various African Presidents during the submission of the Tanzania governance report under the auspices of the African Union governance assessment known as the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM).
President Jakaya Kikwete responded to the APRM report by urging the Tanzanian government to implement strategies that will promote economic growth.
President Michael Sata of Zambia kick started the day by congratulating Tanzania for not only supporting the political independence of Zambia and other African nations but also its contribution to the Zambian economy by accepting the construction of Tanzania-Zambia Railway (Tazara).
“Tanzania did a lot to support liberation struggles in Africa. Without countries like Zambia and Tanzania, South Africa would not be where it is today, said President Sata.
On his part the South African President, Jacob Zuma said his country will not forget Tanzania for its support in the anti-apartheid struggles.
“South Africa is happy to note that Tanzania has attained massive development in areas of promotion of gender equality especially in political and government positions and fights against corruption,” said Zuma.
He added, “We in South Africa were supported to get out of the past by so many people and nations but Tanzania did it in a special way. We promised you via our freedom songs that ‘when freedom comes, we shall always love you’.”
Zuma expressed readiness of his country to learn from Tanzania o how the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) and the Ethics Secretariat function and he invited Tanzania to go learn from South Africa on managing its infant corporate governance.
On his part, Senegal President Marky Sall commended Tanzania for reviews of its mining laws to benefit the country adding that his country would learn from Tanzania and seek more help from AU-APRM on how to deal and benefit with minerals.
The Ethiopia Prime Minister, Hailemariam Dessalegne commended the Union between Tanganyika and Zanzibar stating that it reminds Africa of its cherished dream of a United States of Africa. He urged Tanzania to resolve the recurring Union issues to make the Union stronger.
President Dr. Boni Yayi of Benin promised the APRM Forum of Heads of State and government that since Tanzania faces similar problems like his country on religious tensions he would work with Tanzania to find common solutions.
In his speech President Kikwete assured his colleagues that Tanzania will continue with its commitment to the APRM and that after the peer review, his government will fund the National Programme of Action (NPoA) which seeks to resolve identified governance challenges.